It may be your bucket list ambition to visit all the national parks in the United States, or maybe you are just curious to see a checklist of national parks in the country. Well, read on.
Here is an American national parks list in alphabetical order and another organized by state, as well as a list of all national parks in America by the date they were created, and a checklist of US national parks that you can download.
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How many national parks are there in the United States?
The short answer is 63. The long answer? Well, it’s actually a little more complicated.
The US National Park Service, which was created back in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson, actually manages 423 properties. To make things confusing, these properties are often called “parks”, so some people say there are 423 national parks (lower case), but 63 National Parks (capitalized). I generally say there are 423 properties managed by the National Park Service, but 63 national parks, but we are talking technicalities here.
There are 19 main different types of properties (one of which are technically National Parks = the 63), plus a random additional 11 properties. These are:
- National Parks (63)
- National Monuments (84)
- National Parkways (4)
- National Preserves (19)
- National Reserves (2)
- National Recreational Areas (18)
- National Rivers (4)
- National Wild and Scenic Rivers and Riverways (10)
- National Scenic Trails (3)
- National Seashores (10)
- National Lakeshores (3)
- National Historical Parks (61)
- National Historic Sites (74)
- International Historic Sites (1)
- National Battlefields (11)
- National Battlefield Parks (4)
- National Battlefield Sites (1)
- National Military Parks (9)
- National Memorials (31)
- Other Designations (11)
The latest national park is New River Gorge National Park and Preserve in West Virginia. It was upgraded from a National River in December, 2020.
US National Parks Checklist
Whether you want a quick downloadable; or you just want to see a list of the parks, where they are and when they were established; or you are looking for a more permanent souvenir, here are all the national parks in the USA:
Printable National Park Checklist
Get a printable list of national parks in the US right here.
Alphabetical List of National Parks
|National Park Name||State||Year Est.||Order Est.|
|American Samoa||American Samoa||1988||50th|
|Black Canyon of the Gunnison||Colorado||1999||55th|
|Carlsbad Caverns||New Mexico||1930||19th|
|Gates of the Arctic||Alaska||1980||42nd|
|Great Sand Dunes||Colorado||2004||58th|
|Great Smoky Mountains||Tennessee||1934||21st|
|New River Gorge||West Virginia||2020||63rd|
|Theodore Roosevelt||North Dakota||1978||39th|
|Virgin Islands||US Virgin Islands||1956||28th|
|White Sands||New Mexico||2019||62nd|
|Wind Cave||South Dakota||1903||6th|
|Wrangell – St. Elias||Alaska||1980||48th|
|Yellowstone||Wyoming, Montana, Idaho||1872||1st|
All National Parks in the US in the Order They Were Established
|Order Est.||Year Est.||National Park Name||State|
|1st||March 1, 1872||Yellowstone||Wyoming, Montana, Idaho|
|2nd||September 25, 1890||Sequoia||California|
|3rd||October 1, 1890||Yosemite||California|
|4th||March 2, 1899||Mount Rainier||Washington|
|5th||May 22, 1902||Crater Lake||Oregon|
|6th||January 9, 1903||Wind Cave||South Dakota|
|7th||June 29, 1906||Mesa Verde||Colorado|
|8th||May 11, 1910||Glacier||Montana|
|9th||January 26, 1915||Rocky Mountain||Colorado|
|10th||August 1, 1916||Hawaii Volcanoes||Hawaii|
|11th||August 9, 1916||Lassen Volcanic||California|
|12th||February 26, 1917||Denali||Alaska|
|13th||February 26, 1919||Acadia||Maine|
|14th||February 26, 1919||Grand Canyon||Arizona|
|15th||November 19, 1919||Zion||Utah|
|16th||March 4, 1921||Hot Springs||Arkansas|
|17th||February 25, 1928||Bryce Canyon||Utah|
|18th||February 26, 1929||Grand Teton||Wyoming|
|19th||May 14, 1930||Carlsbad Caverns||New Mexico|
|20th||May 30, 1934||Everglades||Florida|
|21st||June 15, 1934||Great Smoky Mountains||Tennessee|
|22nd||December 26, 1935||Shenandoah||Virginia|
|23rd||June 29, 1938||Olympic||Washington|
|24th||March 4, 1940||Kings Canyon||California|
|25th||April 3, 1940||Isle Royale||Michigan|
|26th||July 1, 1941||Mammoth Cave||Kentucky|
|27th||June 12, 1944||Big Bend||Texas|
|28th||August 2, 1956||Virgin Islands||US Virgin Islands|
|29th||July 1, 1961||Haleakala||Hawaii|
|30th||December 9 , 1962||Petrified Forest||Arizona|
|31st||September 12, 1964||Canyonlands||Utah|
|32nd||October 15, 1966||Guadalupe Mountains||Texas|
|33rd||October 2, 1968||Redwood||California|
|34th||October 2, 1968||North Cascades||Washington|
|35th||November 12, 1971||Arches||Utah|
|36th||December 18, 1971||Capitol Reef||Utah|
|37th||April 8, 1975||Voyageurs||Minnesota|
|38th||November 10, 1978||Theodore Roosevelt||North Dakota|
|39th||November 10, 1978||Badlands||South Dakota|
|40th||March 5, 1980||Channel Islands||California|
|41st||June 28, 1980||Biscayne||Florida|
|42nd||December 2, 1980||Gates of the Arctic||Alaska|
|43rd||December 2, 1980||Glacier Bay||Alaska|
|44th||December 2, 1980||Katmai||Alaska|
|45th||December 2, 1980||Kenai Fjords||Alaska|
|46th||December 2, 1980||Kobuk Valley||Alaska|
|47th||December 2, 1980||Lake Clark||Alaska|
|48th||December 2, 1980||Wrangell – St. Elias||Alaska|
|49th||October 27, 1986||Great Basin||Nevada|
|50th||October 31, 1988||American Samoa||American Samoa|
|51st||October 26, 1992||Dry Tortugas||Florida|
|52nd||October 14, 1994||Saguaro||Arizona|
|53rd||October 31, 1994||Death Valley||California|
|54th||October 31, 1994||Joshua Tree||California|
|55th||October 21, 1999||Black Canyon of the Gunnison||Colorado|
|56th||October 11, 2000||Cuyahoga Valley||Ohia|
|57th||November 10, 2003||Congaree||South Carolina|
|58th||September 13, 2004||Great Sand Dunes||Colorado|
|59th||January 15, 2013||Pinnacles||California|
|60th||February 22, 2018||Gateway Arch||Missouri|
|61st||February 15, 2019||Indiana Dunes||Indiana|
|62nd||December 20, 2019||White Sands||New Mexico|
|63rd||December 27, 2020||New River Gorge||West Virginia|
U.S. National Park List by State
|State||National Park Name||Year Est.|
|Gates of the Arctic||1980|
|Wrangell – St. Elias||1980|
|American Samoa||American Samoa||1988|
|Colorado||Black Canyon of the Gunnison||1999|
|Great Sand Dunes||2004|
|Wyoming, Montana, Idaho||Yellowstone||1872|
|New Mexico||Carlsbad Caverns||1930|
|North Dakota||Theodore Roosevelt||1978|
|Tennessee||Great Smoky Mountains||1934|
|US Virgin Islands||Virgin Islands||1956|
|West Virginia||New River Gorge||2020|
National Parks Checklist Poster
I have provided a free downloadable of all US national parks for you to use to track your national parks adventures. However, if you prefer a large national park checklist poster, then you can pick one up online.
The national parks of the USA checklist poster comes in 12×18 inches, 16×24 inches, 24×36 inches, or 27×40 inches and you can get it unframed or framed (which is printed on canvas). These make a great gift (for someone else or for yourself – no judgment!)
National Parks Checklist Map
A really fun way to keep track of your visits the national parks is a scratch off map. This 24 x 17-inch national parks map checklist comes on professional grade quality cardstock paper. There are golden trees placed for each park, and as you visit the park, you scratch off the tree, to reveal a colorful picture of the park. The trees are all numbered for easy reference. This national park map checklist also makes a great gift.
National Park Checklist Book
If you prefer something more portable, you can get a journal for your national parks check off list. This has the added advantage that you can record your favorite memories from each of your trips.
National Parks Checklist T Shirt
For a national park check off list with a difference, check out this cool T-shirt.
It has an all national parks map, with a key code and a complete list of all the national parks in the US.
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James Ian has traveled to 82 countries and all 7 continents. He has visited all of the main national parks in the United States, as well as many national monuments and state parks.
He has rafted through the Grand Canyon; rappelled down slot canyons near Zion and Arches; hiked among the hoodoos in Bryce and the enormous trees in Sequoia; admired the waterfalls in Yosemite and the colored hot springs in Yellowstone; seen moose in Grand Tetons and seals in the Channel Islands, and much more.
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